On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman focuses on previewing the International Fight League (IFL) World Team Championship Final. This event, the first of its kind in mixed martial arts, takes place Friday, December 29, 2006, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
We speak with MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Renzo Gracie at his Manhattan academy. Renzo will be fighting MMA and jiu-jitsu veteran Carlos Newton in a superfight on the Dec. 29 IFL show. We also discuss the prospects for the IFL team he coaches, the New York Pitbulls, as well as his scheduled fight against Frank Shamrock in the new Elite Xtreme Combat (EliteXC) group on February 10, 2007.
While at Renzo's academy recording this and other interviews, we ran into IFL co-founder and commissioner Kurt Otto, who was there to train. We also spoke with Kurt about the IFL World Team Championship Final as well as the benefits he gets from training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
If you cannot make it to Mohegan Sun to see the live event on Dec. 29, make sure to catch the free two-hour TV telecast. The IFL World Team Championship Final will begin playing on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S. on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, New Year's Eve. In Canada, it will first be shown on Rogers Sportsnet beginning Saturday, January 6, 2007. As always, check your local listings for more details about the show in your area or the IFL web site, at http://ifl.tv/. This show will also be repeated on these networks.